Tuesday found our resident angler, Randy, float tubing on Nest Lake, and landing a dozen or more Rainbow Trout – a couple of which “landed” in our freezer.
Float tubing is a great way to access many of the smaller lakes in the area, where boats are not permitted, or easy to launch. For the unfamiliar, a float tube, also known as a belly boat or kick boat, is a small, lightweight inflatable fishing craft. It allows you to sit just above the water level, and using diving fins, propel yourself around the water, accessing areas you otherwise couldn’t from the shoreline.
Nest Lake is located in Sterling, not far from Kenai Wildlife Cabins, and is part of the central Kenai Peninsula drainage system. From the parking area, a half mile trail provides access to the water.
While scouting around the shore of the lake, Randy saw several piles of clam shells. Come to find out, there are fresh water clams in some of the area lakes, and otters gather and eat them, leaving the remains of their lakeside picnics on the shore!